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EDUFI Finnish-Russian intensive online course for PhD students (5 ECT)
Baltic Sea – Shared Past and Future
18 – 24 April 2021
The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) connects people from different countries and enjoys strategic importance in intergovernmental initiatives. Understanding the complex environmental, political and social phenomena in the BSR requires multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. This intensive course allows PhD students and professors to discuss issues such as environment, security, history, identities, politics and administration in the context of the BSR. The region’s history and future challenges encompasses common themes that can be dealt both within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks. For example, in addition to history studies, the region’s development during the Cold War can be discussed from the perspective of environmental and security studies, border and cultural studies. The BSR is also a prime example of multilevel governance/governing system. These issues will be discussed during lectures, workshops and panel sessions. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to gain pedagogical experience by supervising master’s students in three one-hour workshops.
The course is funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. It is a joint project of five universities that have a strong institutional commitment either to Baltic Sea Studies or to Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies (REEES): The University of Helsinki, the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Eastern Finland, the European University at St. Petersburg and the Higher School of Economics.
The course consists of seven lectures, three panel discussions and five workshops for doctoral students along with three workshops together with master’s students. Due to the time restrictions, there is only a limited amount of places.
The teachers of the intensive course:
Sari Autio-Sarasmo is the Vice-director of the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki and the Director of the International MA programme in Russian Studies (MARS). She is the editor of Reassessing Cold War Europe (Routledge 2011 and 2013), a member of the scholarly editorial council of the journal Baltic Worlds and member of the advisory board of the journal Scandia.
Tatiana Borisova works as an Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. She is specialized in legal tradition and has interdisciplinary background in both history and law. Borisova has published extensively in journals such as, for example, Russian Law Journal, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Comparative Legal History and Law and History Review.
Vladimir Gel’man is the Professor of Russian Politics at the European University at St.Petersburg and in the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He is also a co-director of Young Russian Scholars Helsinki Visiting Fellowship programme (YRUSH) and the director of the International network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES). Gel’man is the author and/or editor of more than twenty books and author of more than 150 research articles, published in English, Russian, Finnish, and other languages.
Alexey Miller is a professor and director at the Center for the Studies of Cultural Memory and Symbolic Politics, the European University at St. Petersburg. He is the editor or a member of the editorial boards in several journals and book series around the world. Miller is author of over 200 publications including books such as The Romanov Empire and Nationalism. Essays in Methodology of Historical Research (CEU-Press, 2008).
Nina Tynkkynen works as an associate professor in governance under The Sea profiling area and the head of subject in public administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University. Currently, she is leading two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: SeaHer (2018-2022) and Package-Heroes (2018-2023). Her publications include Russia and the politics of international environmental regimes: Environmental encounters or foreign policy? (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015).
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is a professor of Russian Environmental Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He has been in charge of numerous research projects of which the most recent is “Best from both worlds – enhancing energy transition in Russia and Finland by making resource flows visible”. Tynkkynen is the author or the editor of books such as Russia’s far north: the contested energy frontier (Routledge 2018) and The energy of Russia: hydrocarbon culture and climate change (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019).
Joni Virkkunen works as Research Manager at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland. Healso is the Chair of the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies FAREES. Virkkunen has published widely on issues such as migration, Northern dimension and cross-border cooperation. He is also the editor of Politics of Pride: Ethnosexual Conflict of Nationalisms in post-Soviet Russia (Kikimore Publications, 2010).
The course requirements for 5 ECTS (evaluation accepted/rejected):
- Preliminary paper for the summer school (max. 8.000 words)
- Active participation at lectures and workshops
Please send your abstract (max. 200 words) of your research with affiliation and contact information by March 15, 2021 to project planner Paula Rossi (email@example.com) or apply through this link. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 19, 2021.
For more information, please contact Coordinator of the Intensive course at the Aleksanteri Institute, Kaarina Aitamurto (Kaarina.firstname.lastname@example.org )